Adam White

published: 15 Aug 2014 in Q&A

For over a century the land on which Vinery Australia sits – the property originally operated under the Segenhoe Stud banner – has been the breeding ground for high quality racehorses.

Since coming under the leadership of general manager Peter Orton in 2000 Vinery Australia has continued to achieve an exceptional degree of success and this 2013-14 season has been no exception .

The stud Success Express (USA) stallion Mossman has been represented by the brilliant Golden Slipper winning filly Mossfun while the hardy veteran Testa Rossa sired the Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic winner Unencumbered.

Casting forward Vinery Australia has the first yearlings by Pluck about to be prepared for the 2015 round of sales and the first foals of the super star All Too Hard will soon be arriving.

With this in mind Stallions questioned Vinery Australia’s sales and nominations manager Adam White about Pluck’s progress, the expectation on All Too Hard’s foals and other matters.



Q.: As always the new season will be an exciting one for the stud

A.: It is certainly an exciting time coming up with the new foals soon arriving, the mating season and that, of course, leads into yearling sale time.


Q.: How are the first crop of Pluck shaping up for the sales

A.: Really well. They are forward types and will generate a lot of interest amongst buyers. Pluck will be relatively easy for us to introduce here in Australasia because he is a son of our multiple champion sire More Than Ready. He was also a Breeders Cup Turf Juvenile winner and we are confident that his stock will really start people talking.


Q.: In which sales will Pluck’s yearlings be most strongly represented

A.: We have eight or 10 marked for the Gold Coast Magic Millions. As I mentioned they are very forward types so his progeny will be ideal for those early sales. The nice thing about the group we are preparing for the Magic Millions are that they are from good running mares. We have some Plucks from a couple of stakes winning mares as well as a filly, who is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Platinum Kingdom. We will also have about six of Pluck’s yearlings heading to the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in Sydney and they are all nice running types.


Q.: Everyone must have been looking forward to the arrival of All Too Hard’s first foals

A.: Very much so. Not only for us but also the share holders in the horse. His first foals will highlight the Vinery open days. All Too Hard has let down into a magnificent looking stallion. His family is well renowned for producing impressive types and I really think that All Too Hard will follow this trend as a stallion.


Q.: Could you name some of the headline mares he has served

A.: He covered an outstanding first book. Amongst the 18 individual Group 1 winners he covered were the immortal Makybe Diva, Sun Classique, a four-time winner at the elite level, Fashions Afield, Allez Wonder, Bel Mer, Bollinger, Devil Moon, Headway, Mid Summer Music, Regimental Gal and Scarlett Lady. There were a further 50-odd stakes winning mares as well as many stakes producing mares including the dams of Makybe Diva, Happy Trails, Polar Success, Savabeel and Zoustar.


Q.: The performances of the first northern hemisphere crops by Congrats must be encouraging

A.: He has done a terrific job since being crowned Champion First Crop Sire in North America in 2010. Since then he has moved from Florida to Kentucky and his first crop from these better mares are two-year-olds this year and they have already started to come out in force. Being champion first season sire means they run early and he has also proven he can get Group 1 winning juveniles so he will be very well suited to our racing conditions.


Q.: Have you had any reports from trainers on his first southern hemisphere crop

A.: It is a little bit too early for that but his rising two-year-olds are in the right stables and they are understood to have broken in well. Having seen most of his yearlings this year I believe Congrats will start well in this country. A lot of his offspring looked as if they would go early.


Q.: Vinery must be thrilled with the continuing achievements of More Than Ready

A.: He has been such a wonderful stallion for Vinery and there is still plenty more to come in the future. He has been such a versatile stallion over the years. He is a multiple champion two-year-old sire and has sired two winners of the Golden Slipper Stakes and a Blue Diamond. Added to that he has sired Group 1-winning Derby and Oaks winners. This year his daughter in the United States, Room Service, won the Group 1 American Oaks on turf. More Than Ready’s fee of $66,000, including G.S.T., represents enormous value for a stallion with his record.


Q.: Will he have another high quality book in 2014

A.: As I have mentioned his fee represents very attractive value for the stallion he is, which is again resulting in him having some outstanding mares booked to him. Besides that he has some really nice crops coming through, which includes the yearlings by him sold this year. His yearlings averaged $250,000 at the majors and sold up to $800,000 so that makes breeding to him this year a smart thing to do.


Q.: Those two wonderful stallions Mossman and Testa Rossa continue to make their presence felt

A.: Yes, both have enjoyed terrific seasons with Mossman’s daughter Mossfun taking the Golden Slipper and three others races and Testa Rossa’s Unencumbered taking the Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic. With those achievements Mossfun finished first on the two-year-old sires’ premiership and Testa Rossa a highly creditable second. It has been a stellar year for both Mossman and Testa Rossa. Have you seen already seen this site?


Q.: Casino Prince also continues to enjoy success

A.: He has earned a lot of respect out there in the industry. He keeps turning out plenty of winners and can obviously produce a champion as All Too Hard proves. Finding nice, proven horses under a service fee of $20,000 can be a bit difficult but Casino Prince has a lot of upside amongst those types of stallions.


Q.: What news is there on Vinery’s racing stable

A.: Samaready has gone back into work and we will watch her progress through the spring with interest. We also have a very smart More Than Ready filly named More Radiant, who we think quite a bit of. I think More Radiant is in for an impressive three-year-old season.